Harrogate Ladies’ College

About Harrogate Ladies’ College

Harrogate Ladies' College

Founded in 1893, Harrogate Ladies’ College is a day and boarding school for girls aged 11-18, where the best aspects of traditional British education are combined with the skills, qualifications and modern outlook needed by today’s students.

The students thrive in a secure, supportive and friendly school where they are cared for by excellent teaching and boarding staff. Nearly half of the students are boarders, coming from countries all over the world. Harrogate Ladies’ College is very proud of the cultural diversity that makes up the school; it’s what makes them such a vibrant and exciting community.

Every year Harrogate Ladies’ College celebrates excellent academic success; the students secure places at top UK universities, including Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities, where they go on to study a wide range of subjects including Medicine, Law, Economics, Art, Architecture, Business Management and Physics. Sport, Music, Drama and Art are all important parts of school life and Harrogate Ladies’ College have excellent facilities to give girls the best opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. In addition, the boarders enjoy a fun and exciting programme of cultural and social trips so that they can visit new places and try new things.

Situated in the heart of a beautiful spa town on the edge of glorious countryside, the campus is in a quiet, safe residential area, just a few minutes walk from the town centre. Harrogate has excellent rail and road links, with easy access to Leeds Bradford Airport (15 minutes), Manchester Airport (90 minutes) and London Heathrow (35-minute shuttle flight).

Boarding at Harrogate Ladies’ College

The school has a flexible approach to boarding to meet the individual needs of the pupils and their families including termly, weekly and ad hoc options. They don’t have any fixed exeat weekends because the families often find them inconvenient.

Boarding at Harrogate Ladies’ College is centred on the concepts of “family” and “home”. The boarders live in traditional family homes; they have an extended family of boarding staff to care for and support them and are surrounded by a wonderful array of boarding “sisters” of all ages.

Boarders leave their boarding houses before breakfast and have all of their meals in College alongside the day girls. They do their early evening homework, (or Prep), in College and return home to their boarding houses after dinner – when most of the day girls return to their homes as well.


Type of School Girls only
School Address Harrogate Ladies' College, Clarence Dr, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 2QG
Number of Pupils 530
Number of Boarders 133
International Boarders 112
Age Range 11-18
Religious Tradition Christian foundation; non-denominational
Distance from Airports

Leeds Bradford – 15-minute drive; Manchester Airport – 90-minute drive; London Heathrow – 35-minute shuttle flight from Leeds Bradford Airport.

Educational Programmes

GCSE, A Level.